Student athletes at Fellowship Christian School were treated with a special guest earlier this week.
Major league baseball player Micah Owings on Monday spoke to a group of students during the first meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes during the spring sports season.
Owings, a Gainesville native, spoke to the students about modeling their faith in Jesus Christ in all they do and how that affects their lives. He also encouraged the seniors to model their faith not only in the halls at FCS this year, but as college freshmen in the fall.
“We were blessed to have Micah speak,” Athletic Director Bryan Lindner said. “He is passionate about his faith, and shared his story from the heart. His message has already impacted our group of student-athletes.”
A free agent, Owings spent six years in the big leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres from 2007 to 2012.
As a pitcher, Owings registered a 32-33 record with a 4.86 ERA and 347 strikeouts in 138 major league contests. He's also played as an outfielder and pinch hitter, notching nine home runs and 35 RBIs at the plate during his MLB career. He earned the Silver Slugger Award as the league's top hitting pitcher in 2007.
Owings, who holds the Georgia high school record with 69 home runs, played collegiate baseball at Georgia Tech and Tulane, where he played in the College World Series. He was selected by the Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2005 MLB draft and made his major league debut with Arizona two years later.
Prior to being drafted originally by the Colorado Rockies in the second round in the 2002 MLB Draft, Owings played four seasons of high school baseball in Georgia.
He played at Forsyth Central High School as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Gainesville High School as a junior.